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benedict xvi says he'll resign at the end of this month after only eight years as leader of the world's 1 billion roman catholics. he says it's because of his age and his health. and now the question being asked around the world, who will be the next pope? we're watching what's going on. we have several correspondents in rome. pope benedict's papacy has been marked by serious controversies, especially the sex abuse scandal and his prior role as the church's lead investigator personally handling every single case that made its way to the vatican. cnn's brian todd is working this part of the story for us. we're going to go to rome in just a few moments, but tell us what's going on. >> reporter: wolf, here at the basilica of the national shrine of the immaculate conception they were shocked as anyone. this is the spot where it was one the most talked about moments of his visit to the united states almost five years ago. the place where he addressed one of the biggest controversies of his tenure and there was certainly no shortage of those during his papacy. the scrutiny began before he even
of this ends for pope benedict xvi. >> reporter: wolf, you're right. it was emotional for his devotees as he made his final appearance. st. peter's square behind me was packed and the pope came out in his popemobile and there were a lot of waves and st. peter's is behind me and the vatican is where this pope is spending his last night on the throne as pope. tomorrow he will say good-bye to cardinals and then at 5:00 p.m. local time here in rome he leaves the vatican and goes to castel gandolfo. people want there to be some distance between him and the conclave to elect the next pope. the empty seats set in and this interim period before a new pope is chosen. >> there will be an interim pope, acting pope? walk us through that between that and the time that a new pope is elected. >> not really. not formally in that name. there's secretary of state, heads of all of these very different bureaucracies here at the vatican. but is iiss as we know this is leader of the world's 1.2 billion catholics. as we know, the pope is more than just a religious leader. he's virtually a states man by virtue of t
. >>> pope benedict xvi spoke publicly for the first time today about his resignation at his regular weekly audience before leading an ash wednesday mass. >> translator: i have done these in full freedom for the benefit of the church, but i have prayed for a long time and i have examined before god my conscience, fully aware of the gravity and seriousness of such acts. >> cnn's max foster is joining us now from rome. what kind of response, max, did the pontiff receive? >> i have to say, it's been a really emotional day here in rome. i spoke to lots of people coming out of that audience today. it was meant to just be an average weekly audience, by it certainly wasn't that. it was the first time he's spoke since he resigned. that news has settled in now and people are now responding to that. they want you to give a sense to the pope that they were very grateful and there was a huge cheer we entered that audience in the morning. and when they came out, they were generally emotional. then you have the large mass that pope benedict will reside over in st. peter's basilica. it wasn't meant to be
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